The one question that we get most asked is “How to lose belly fat?”. It is actually quite simple, but it takes commitment and discipline. Always keep in mind that reducing belly fat is not just about looking your best but staying healthy and disease free too.
Here are 5 simple principles that you must adopt to say goodbye to that belly fat for good:
- Workout the right way.
To burn visceral fat (belly fat) perform exercises that require high intensity, whole body movements and get your lungs gasping for air! Avoid isolation exercises such as bicep curls that work a single muscle, instead engage in exercises such as boxing, rowing, swimming or full body circuit training for about 30 – 40 minutes everyday and see the difference.
- Stay Away from Sugar / Junk
Losing weight is as much about staying away from junk as it is all of the other things. Sugar is your main enemy when it comes to trimming down your belly fat! The energy from sugar, if not immediately used, is quickly stored into fat and more often than not; it is stocked up in your belly.
If you want to avoid junk food, to be safe, eat only real food that is from this earth and avoid anything that comes in a wrapper and made in a factory. If you are a sweet tooth, satisfy your tastebuds with more natural foods, such as fruits? It has a dietary fiber which slows the release of the sugar and other benefits that we will discuss below.
- Increase Fiber Intake
Fiber aids in digestion, helps cleanse your digestive system, assists in regulating bowel movement, as well as helping you to feel full for longer. It helps flatten the belly by slowing the digestion of food, meaning that it is less likely to be stored as fat. Great sources of fiber are brown rice, quinoa, fruit and vegetables. We also recommend trying psyllium husk as a fiber supplement.
- Balance your plate – Load up on vegetables.
Getting your nutrition right is everything when it comes to weight loss. When your body is nourished it will shed body fat, much easier than when it is nutrient starved. That is why at The Healthy House we don’t just count calories, our nutritionists also balance the amount of carbohydrates, protein, essential oil, vitamins and minerals that go into each meal.
Contrary to popular belief caused by fad crash diets, it is actually very healthy and important to eat carbohydrates. You need carbohydrates for energy and without it, your body will crave for instant energy from sugar and fat. You just need to make sure that you eat the right type of carbs and make sure that your plate is balanced. Choose complex carbohydrate sources such as brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato or whole grain bread, add a portion of protein and fill the rest of your plate with fresh vegetables. Try balancing your plate using the following guide.
- Do what ever it takes.
At the end of the day, your mindset on reaching your goal will greatly affect your success. Even the best of principles are worthless without approaching your goal with the right mindset. So if you are serious about improving your health, we encourage you to do all that it takes, because a half hearted approach often means failure. We have a team of nutritionists who are committed to helping each and every client achieve their goal, and we are very good at what we do. Click here to view some of our testimonials.
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Wishing you health + happiness,
Stephanie Dorosan, RND
Head of Nutrition
The Healthy House
Ph: +63 917 311 4337